While most people surf the Internet by catching the latest waves on Facebook, one Vernon resident is currently hitting the social media outlet by wakeboard.
Dustin O’Ferrall can often be seen in competition on the water in the Okanagan, but it’s his competition on Facebook that’s currently heating up.
O’Ferrall is a finalist for Rip Curl’s The Judgement contest, presented by the popular Canadian wakeboard magazine, SBC Wakeboard.
Each participant has provided a video edit featuring wakeboard highlights, and is then pitted against another competitor in a head-to-head battle using Facebook ‘likes’ to decide who wins.
But when O’Ferrall received the invitation to participate, he was coming off a big injury and knew he had his work cut out for him if he wanted to get a quality edit.
“I started the year off with a bad ankle injury, it was kind of a rush healing it in time so we could get going again and start shooting,” said O’Ferrall.
Yet when he received the invite, O’Ferrall knew the competition was right up his alley.
“Riding and filming have always been a big part of what I like to do,” said O’Ferrall.
O’Ferrall has been wakeboarding in the Okanagan for over 10 years and still considers it one of his favorite places to shred.
When the 24-year-old first started wakeboarding, it was just a summer activity to complement his snowboarding.
“It’s essentially being able to snowboard on water in the summer,” said O’Ferrall.
Over the years his skills on the water evolved. He is now wakeboarding professionally and has won numerous competitions across the globe.
Most of the footage from the video competition was shot in the Okanagan but it also features shots from across Canada.
O’Ferrall is currently in the competition’s final round and pitted up against Robbie McMillin of Barrie, Ontario.
Voting ends Saturday at 2 p.m. and O’Ferrall is hoping the local community will support a home-grown rider who simply loves wakeboarding and especially in his home town.
“I love the weather, the atmosphere and the lifestyle. It’s really got a great vibe,” said O’Ferrall.
To view and vote for the final videos go to SBC Wakeboard’s page on Facebook or follow the links from their web-site, www.sbcwakeboard.com.